Rotor Transition Program
As an experienced helicopter pilot, you’re in a position to rapidly begin a new career as a commercial airline pilot. Your unique combination of experience, discipline, and commitment makes you an extremely valuable pilot.
In AeroGuard’s Rotor to Fixed Wing Program in partnership with SkyWest Airlines, you’ll be able to complete all your training needed to transition into a career as a commercial airline pilot in as little as 4 months.
Rotor Transition Requirements
Generally speaking, qualified helicopter pilots ready to begin the program already have a Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating in rotorcraft helicopter and already meet total ATP minimum hour requirements. For those requirements, civilian helicopter pilots need a total of 1,500 hours flight time while those that completed their training in the military require 750 total hours. Because of this, the rotor transition curriculum is designed to provide the airplane specific requirements needed to receive the ATP certificate which are:
- Commercial pilot certificate in airplane multi-engine land with instrument rating
- 50 hours in airplane multi-engine land aircraft of which up to 25 hours can be completed during initial training at the airlines
- 250 total hours of airplane PIC time
AeroGuard understands that it’s not always a one size fits all model. If a pilot does not meet all of the requirements listed above, or already has some fixed wing experience, AeroGuard can examine a pilot’s logbook and determine what they’ll need to be able to reach the ATP minimums. From there, the pilot will be able to enroll in a customized program that will allow them to move forward as a First Officer with the regional airlines.
The AeroGuard Rotor Transition Program is available at these campuses:
AeroGuard & SkyWest Airlines Partnership
AeroGuard is partnered with SkyWest Airlines, provided a complete pathway from training to the commercial airlines. Airlines is the largest regional airline in the nation with 20 domiciles across the country, a great company culture and offers incredible career opportunities to their pilots.
During SkyWest hiring periods, students are able to interview for a conditional job offer with SkyWest as a First Officer prior to starting training with AeroGuard targeted toward a chosen SkyWest start date.
AeroGuard’s RTP accelerated program takes approximately 12-16 weeks
SkyWest Airlines First Officer pay begins day one of CTP training
SkyWest’s CTP training will take approximately 2-3 weeks
SkyWest’s indoctrination and jet training lasts approximately 8-10 weeks